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Creative Reflections and Intentions: Goal Setting as an Artist

Creative Reflections and Intentions: Goal Setting as an Artist

The end of the year holds so much resolution and finality. It’s the closing of a chapter. But this also implies the newness of the next. It holds so much promise. Rather than focusing on the end or on the beginning, I encourage you to sit right in that feeling of...

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Promise Inspir-action

Promise Inspir-action

Promise#gmseasonofpromiseFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofpromise[instagram-feed...

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The Art of Writing

The Art of Writing

Misty is someone who is comfortable in the messy middle in her art and her writing. She has really good insights into how to talk to yourself in the messy middle.

This conversation is going to feed your soul.

We talk about process, the book she’s writing, why she’s writing, her struggles, how she overcomes them, how she adapts everything to be what she needs it to be in order to maintain the fun.

In the end, it’s all about the fun.

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How to Connect with Your Intuition

How to Connect with Your Intuition

Rachael Helmore is a collage and drawing performance artist. The video is taken from an exhibition and performance.

When creating art while others watch, you really need to be connected to yourself. I asked Rachael to share how she’s able to connect with her intuition, even as other people watch.

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The Art of Book Writing with Misty Granade

The Art of Book Writing with Misty Granade

When I started art journaling, I started because I wanted to be an artist. But, step one to being an artist is making art. It's the same for writing a book. Step one to writing a book is actually sitting down and writing. The absolute Queen of Process, The Queen of...

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Routine vs. Spontinaeity with Sarah Gardner

Routine vs. Spontinaeity with Sarah Gardner

Sarah and I chat about the way she sees creativity - a place that has space for both structure and chaos. We talk about the harmony of her left and right brain sides of her brain. Creativity is impossible unless you're willing to embrace uncertainty. You have to widen...

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3. Studio

3. Studio

Transcript So, my own personal rule for artist dates, and for taking along a little travel log, even if it's an everyday travel log, is that I only use found materials. So, I'm going to show you a whole beautiful bunch of examples. Now, I have a lot...

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2. Outside

2. Outside

Transcript I'm currently at a park. It's one of my favorite parks because it comes with a castle. Hello, I'm in Germany, so castles are pretty average around here. And I'm going to take you along with me, and show you kind of the way I take myself on...

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1. Inside

1. Inside

  Transcript Hey there. My name is Caylee Grey, and I'm here to chat to you all about these magical things called artist dates. If you don't know about them yet, get ready for your mind to be blown. Absolutely blown. If you already know about...

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How to Publish a Book with my Fairy Bookmother Jeannine Stein

How to Publish a Book with my Fairy Bookmother Jeannine Stein

Prepare yourself for a bucket load of fangirling. Jeannine is one of my favourite people in the world - my editor, my Fairy Bookmother, and all-around dream maker. She changed my life, and in this episode, we're sharing insight into the process of publishing a book...

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7 Ways to Feel Less Alone as a Creative (Zoom-Fatigue-Free)

7 Ways to Feel Less Alone as a Creative (Zoom-Fatigue-Free)

The life of a creative can be lonely. And let’s face it: whether we identify as creatives or not, we all know what this pretty rubbish state of being feels like. As humans, we’re hard-wired for connection: we long to be understood by others, we long for relationships...

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Being an Artist vs. Just Making Art

Being an Artist vs. Just Making Art

I believe that anyone can make art but not everyone can be an artist. I know that the common narrative is that everyone can be an artist, however, I disagree with that. Well. Slightly. Let me explain... For some, capital A Artist is a stifling term. It renders them...

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Let Go of Control and Make Imperfect Art with Kelli Saginak

Let Go of Control and Make Imperfect Art with Kelli Saginak

You guys. This is an episode in which I share the wisdom and kindness of my life coach. This is the one single human who has changed my life the most in the past year - the beautiful Kelli Saginak. Kelli opens up about her history with control and anxiety, we talk...

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Bookcast Series 2: It’s All About the Proposal

Bookcast Series 2: It’s All About the Proposal

The proposal was the first official task to writing my book. It's also what ended up being my compass and my rock. It was a mammoth task, but it was also easy? Why? Because I had already done the work... the year before in a very deep way and also every single year...

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Continue Exploring

Continue Exploring

This class has given you tools for your arsenal in the journey that is your Unfolding. Now, it is up to you to continue exploring, connecting, and deepening.Resources to continue meditating and support your practice: Meditation Apps Calm Headspace Insight Timer 10%...

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Tools Over Rules with Laurel Greenfield

Tools Over Rules with Laurel Greenfield

I have a massive girlcrush on Laurel. If you've ever struggled to create art that looks like the art going on in your head, then you're going to discover your newest girlcrush too. If you're a food person, same thing. Hell, if you are a living, breathing, creative,...

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06 My Story

06 My Story

Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It’s all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand.  Everything is a self-portrait. A diary. Your whole drug history’s in a strand of your hair. Your fingernails. The forensic details. The...

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How to Fill a Travel Journal

How to Fill a Travel Journal

Whether you're exploring a new country or your own backyard, here are practical tips on how to travel like an artist rather than a tourist. Podcast Show Notes We discuss: how to fill up a travel journal - whether you're away from home or just around the neighbourhood...

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Challenge: Artist Affirmations

Challenge: Artist Affirmations

I love to incorporate artist affirmations into my art journal practice. Let’s create a beautiful and meaningful art journal spread to silence our inner critics.

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How to Write an Art Book in a Pandemic with Kellee Conrad

How to Write an Art Book in a Pandemic with Kellee Conrad

Last year, Kellee went through an intense creative burnout. I've been through many of those myself. This episode is about what's waiting on the other side. Kellee and I have loads in common, including writing a book with the same publisher and even the same superhero...

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04 My Truth

04 My Truth

At the core of who you are is your truth. We often need to remind ourselves of this truth. The world likes to try to get us to forget. Journaling.Meditating.Heartstorming.Creating. All of these are great ways to remind us of our truth. For MIND, meditate on the...

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Bookcast Series #1: The Beginning – I Wrote a Book!

Bookcast Series #1: The Beginning – I Wrote a Book!

Life is experienced in moments. Some of these moments hold more weight. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can feel the weight of some moments. There are certain moments in my life that I knew while they were happening that they would change everything. Bookcast...

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03 Creation

03 Creation

To prepare for the creating in the next three lessons, connect with what each of the three areas mean to you. Create a mood board, curate a kit of supplies that soothe you, and bring you back towards yourself. Grab a slice of cake...Download the mood board templates...

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02 Heartstorming

02 Heartstorming

This is how we see heartstorming:Read the original text by Father Paul Keenan.Transcript Oh, yes. Heartstorming. Through this experience, Caylee and I, rely on Father Paul Keenan and his definition and view of heartstorming, which you can also read in his book,...

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01 Meditation

01 Meditation

The term meditation means in Latin, “to ponder.” Simply, meditation is a mindful practice of becoming aware, deepening, expanding, and contemplating or pondering our awareness. Meditation is personal. It’s uniquely individual and we invite you to make it your own. A...

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Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to Unfold. This course is all about the art of meditative journaling and the self-nurturing practice of using meditation combined with art journaling as a path to a deeper understanding and connection with yourself. The course is intentionally designed with...

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Challenge: Transformation

Challenge: Transformation

Moments #gmseasonofmoments Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create an art journal page using the word Transformation as the theme. Bonus points: Limit your palette...

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Challenge: Color Interactions

Challenge: Color Interactions

Explore how colors interact with each other. Experimenting with color in your journal helps you find brush strokes and color combinations you may never have thought to try before! Make rainbows, mix colors, and see which new colors you can make from the tubes of paint you already have!

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Challenge: Rooted

Challenge: Rooted

New#gmseasonofnewYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Go back to your roots.I went back to my roots by going back to old journals. Here are some more ideas: copy one of...

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It’s time for us to go back to our roots.

It’s time for us to go back to our roots.

My dear beautiful, beautiful Messy Artist It’s time for us to go back to our roots.  Get Messy has always been a place that evolves and adapts and fits around your life rather than the other way around. It’s never been a place where you have to change to be a part of...

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A Spa for Your Creative Soul with Shay Kent

A Spa for Your Creative Soul with Shay Kent

Shay is so full of wisdom and kindness, and she encourages that you create the same within yourself too. After hearing a testimonial about her class, that it was “like a spa for your creative soul”, I knew I had to pick her brain. Grab your supplies and listen while...

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Let’s Share a Sketchbook!

Let’s Share a Sketchbook!

Mindfulness#gmseasonofmindfulnessIsn’t it so fun to take a peek into someone else’s art journal? I just love that! It’s so interesting to see...

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Mindfulness Through Art

Mindfulness Through Art

Mindfulness#gmseasonofmindfulnessMindfulness. Turning towards ourselves and listening. Being patient and curious and open. Imagine how much our...

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Meet Shay

Meet Shay

Mindfulness#gmseasonofmindfulnessIt all started with an IKEA blue rolly cart, some art supplies and my dining room table. Hi! I'm Shay, a mixed...

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Recipe 24

Recipe 24

#getmessyrecipes painted papers floral images circle punch alphabet stamps ink pad glue Punch several circles out of your painted papers and floral images....

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Recipe 23

Recipe 23

#getmessyrecipes two black and white photographs black acrylic paint white gel pen gesso old gift card small paintbrush large paintbrush stamp and ink pad...

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Recipe 22

Recipe 22

#getmessyrecipes watercolor floral images word phrase stamp ink pad paintbrush scissors glue Choose three colors of paint that coordinate with your floral...

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How to Create a Scraps Diary

How to Create a Scraps Diary

In this video, Autumn Moon shares what exactly a Scraps Diary is about. She pages through her Diary and shares the spirit behind it, the guidelines, the essence, and what it means to her. Video Transcript Please note that this transcript has been automagically...

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Recipe 21

Recipe 21

#getmessyrecipes Background papers (see the PDF for printable options) Clip art (see the PDF for printable options) Scrap paper, ledger paper, favorite paper...

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Recipe 20

Recipe 20

#getmessyrecipes Background papers (see the PDF for printable options) Clip art (see the PDF for printable options) Ledger paper or any paper you love to write...

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Recipe 19

Recipe 19

#getmessyrecipes Background papers (see the PDF for printable options) Clip art (see the PDF for printable options) Scrap paper, ledger paper, favorite paper...

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Creating Authentic Art from the Inbetween with Rachael Helmore

Creating Authentic Art from the Inbetween with Rachael Helmore

Rachael is my friend in real life. Not only is this episode proof that I have friends, it's also an exploration into what creating art in the "in-between" looks like. Rach is someone who says things that are so profound that I have to whip out my notebook in real life...

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Recipe 18

Recipe 18

#getmessyrecipes Art Journal Water jar Brushes, one medium flat, one small flat Colorful, art paper scraps, magazine ephemera, scrapbooking paper, wrapping...

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Recipe 17

Recipe 17

#getmessyrecipes Art Journal - the paper should be able to withstand watery media (watercolor paper and high quality mixed media paper works well) Water jar and...

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Recipe 16

Recipe 16

#getmessyrecipes Art Journal - paper should be able to withstand watery media Water jar and brush (any kind) Several watercolor crayons or Stabilo Woody pencils...

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Recipe 15

Recipe 15

#getmessyrecipes Food packaging, cleaned and cut out (choose the ones that will fit your current journal) Acrylic Paints and brush. Pick your favorite paint....

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Recipe 14

Recipe 14

#getmessyrecipes Dried and emptied used tea bags, coffee filters, leftover painted papers, magazine cut-outs and security envelope (choose the ones that will...

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Recipe 13

Recipe 13

#getmessyrecipes Unfinished/ extra tags and magazine cut-outs (choose the ones that will fit your current journal) Any homemade embellishments – I used clay....

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Follow Your Curiosity with Pete DeMarco

Follow Your Curiosity with Pete DeMarco

I had never thought of photography as art. I had always thought it was just for logical people following a very precise way of doing things. It felt like the opposite of creativity to me. Enter Pete. Pete sees creativity in a way not unlike my own - as a looping...

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How to Deal with Artistic Block with Tricia Poulos-Leonard

How to Deal with Artistic Block with Tricia Poulos-Leonard

Today I sat down with Tricia. Tricia is wise and someone that you wanna have in your corner because she's very zen about art making, very knowledgeable and plays between the right and left side of your brain so well. She's a great encourager and wise mentor. We talk...

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Dance Naked in Perfection’s Face with T Grey

Dance Naked in Perfection’s Face with T Grey

Every guest I have on the podcast is my favourite, but this is my favourite favourite and most exciting. It's someone who excites me every day. My husband, T Grey. We're talking about what it's like being on the other side of someone who lives life creatively. We get...

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Micro Challenges

Micro Challenges

Showing Up#gmseasonofshowingupMicro Challenge 1 What is your WHY? Why do you art journal? Why is it important to you and why do you keep coming back to it even when life is...

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Self Love through Collage

Self Love through Collage

Worthiness#gmseasonofworthiness This lesson was originally released in the Season of Kindness. It holds so much value for the Season of Worthiness that - for the first time...

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Dear Self: A Framework for Worthiness

Dear Self: A Framework for Worthiness

Worthiness#gmseasonofworthinessThis season's artwork is created by @valloves2create Dear Messy Artist  You are worthy. Not because you have done anything, but simply because...

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How to Collaborate with Other Artists

How to Collaborate with Other Artists

The Get Messy Season of Collaboration was in January. But community continues to be a Big Deal to us Messy Artists.

If you’ve ever experienced a creative drought, you’ll know the impact that your creative family can have on helping you through it, giving tips on finding the other side, and making you feel less alone in your struggle.
If you’ve ever experienced a creative high, you’ll know how much higher it feels when you share your wins and celebrate your creative flow with others.

In this episode of the Get Messy podcast, I’m calling on the combined knowledge of a small group of Messians. Traci and Meghan, Jenna and Dawn, and Sarah and Melenia share what they learned and what they gained from their creative connection during Get Messy’s Season of Collaboration.

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Bonus: Collaboration for Art and Heart

Bonus: Collaboration for Art and Heart

Collaboration#gmseasonofcollaborationFor the Season of Collaboration, Claudette Hasenjager and Char DeRouin led the way to nurture a safe space for artists to find their...

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Your Story is Worthy

Your Story is Worthy

Your Story is Worthy of Being ToldHello dear heroines, I feel so lucky to be back with you for a little bonus lesson. When Caylee mentioned that the next Season was that of Worthiness, it sparked some ideas when it comes to this class. The Inner Heroine is quite a...

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Your Story is Worthy of Being Told

Your Story is Worthy of Being Told

Sometimes, things get in the way of our art making – whether it’s time, emotions or life in general! But I want to impress upon you that you are worthy of taking this time for you, that your story – your journey – is worthy of being told as well.

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Collaboration for Art and Heart with Char + Claudette

Collaboration for Art and Heart with Char + Claudette

For the month of January, we focused on creative collaboration at Get Messy. Claudette Hasenjager and Char DeRouin led the way to nurture a safe space for artists to find their creative soul mate. For just the month, or for beyond. This excitement about creative...

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All of Self

All of Self

Self#gmseasonofselfWe as human beings are complex. By focusing on the details of ourselves, we are able to fully appreciate and celebrate them.  Process Step One: Digitise your...

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SOUL

SOUL

Self#gmseasonofselfDownload the Season of Self: Soul Sidekick Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.For each lesson...

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BODY

BODY

Self#gmseasonofselfDownload the Season of Self: Body Sidekick Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.For each lesson...

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MIND

MIND

Self #gmseasonofself Download the Season of Self: Mind Sidekick Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas. For each...

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How to make a zine

How to make a zine

A zine is a handmade magazine or mini-comic about anything you can imagine: favorite bands, personal stories, subcultures, or collections. They contain diary entries, rants, interviews, and stories. They can be by one person or many, found in stores, traded at comic conventions, exchanged with friends, or given away for free.

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Reflecting on Collaboration

Reflecting on Collaboration

Collaboration#gmseasonofcollaborationFor the Collaboration Wrap Up, Char and Claudette invited a few Messians to share their experience this season, what projects they...

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Art as a Must Do Rather than a Nice to Do with Gilly Welch

Art as a Must Do Rather than a Nice to Do with Gilly Welch

In this Messy Conversations episode, Jenna chats with Gilly about her creative process and thinking around art journaling. They discuss how art journaling encormpasses everything and how you make it what you want it to be. 

Gilly shares how she’s able to be creative every single day due to the freedom given – no boundaries, and no rules. We are all busy but when we put small bits together with pockets of time, it starts to make a huge difference.

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Creating After a Drought, Art Meditation, and other Questions

Creating After a Drought, Art Meditation, and other Questions

This is an AMA (Ask Me Anything) episode, where you’re the one who asks me anything and I’m the one who answers. We cover a host of topics, mostly about supplies and where I’m at in my creative practice.

I share my favourite tools, classes, and resources for making art.

I discuss themes I’m processing through art (now and always), coming back to art after a creative drought, and a new way I’m merging meditation with creation.

A host of miscellaneous questions and answers.

And an in depth look at my love for white hair and #ff66cc.

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Q+A and Ideas for Collaboration

Q+A and Ideas for Collaboration

Collaboration#gmseasonofcollaborationThis is a replay of the Collaboration Kick Off Hangout. C +C answered questions about their collaborations and experiences, and a bunch...

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No Rules. No Perfection. Just Expression with Karen Price

No Rules. No Perfection. Just Expression with Karen Price

Nope, Caylee didn't become an American for the new year. That smooth, calming radio voice you're listening to is Get Messy Guardian's @ginnistonik. She's interviewing the marvelous Guardians of the Community to bring even more inspir-action and encouragement to your...

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A Guide to Collaborating

A Guide to Collaborating

Collaboration#gmseasonofcollaborationThis season we are partnering up with another artist. You can find the partner with Get Messy’s help or on your own. Here are some tips...

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Stop. Collaborate. And Listen…

Stop. Collaborate. And Listen…

Collaboration#gmseasonofcollaborationGrab your supplies and create as you listen to Char and Claudette talk about everything that goes into a successful collaboration. Then...

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Collaboration Prompts + Sidekick

Collaboration Prompts + Sidekick

Collaboration#gmseasonofcollaborationDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this...

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A Girl and her Studio: A Love Story

A Girl and her Studio: A Love Story

The best thing to come out of 2020 for me has been my studio. It’s my one true love (sorry T). It’s an old shipping container in an old slaughterhouse. It’s gritty, and raw, it’s hipster as hell, and its mine.

This studio has enabled me to do that weird thing people talk about called “work-life-balance” and for that, I am truly grateful.

I wanted to dedicate an episode of the podcast to it. It has a story. It’s a love story. And to make it worth your while, I’m sharing what a studio space of your own might do for you… 

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Take Time to Freaking Make with Anna Baer

Take Time to Freaking Make with Anna Baer

Why is it so difficult to just. make. art? We know how much we love it and how it feeds our soul. We know it makes us better in a multitude of ways, but sometimes even the thing we love the most can feel like a massive effort. I talk to Anna Baer, aka Olive Green Anna, about this. We talk about her mad skills – in creating art, in getting others to make art, and in pep talking directly to the heart.

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Take Time to Make with Anna Baer

Take Time to Make with Anna Baer

Why is it so difficult to just. make. art? We know how much we love it and how it feeds our soul. We know it makes us better in a multitude of ways, but sometimes even the thing we love the most can feel like a massive effort. 

I talk to Anna Baer, aka Olive Green Anna, about this. We talk about her mad skills – in creating art, in getting others to make art, and in pep talking directly to the heart.

I wanted to get together to talk about her latest offering, the Take Time to Make at-home artist residency, mainly because I’m taking part in it.  I also sneakily wanted to learn more about her as a human since she lives so close to me.

Our conversation lit me on fire. I loved hearing about how her process and seeing art as wildness in control; a way to see what comes out of her. We speak about destroying your own art in order to make space, removing the preciousness of supplies, making shit art, and where we put our worth as artists.

Grab your supplies and let us keep you company while you create… 

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Using Art to Narrate Your Journey with Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd

Using Art to Narrate Your Journey with Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd

The podcast is back! And we’re jumping right into the deep end. We’re not talking about surface level art here, no no, you can’t really do that with my guest. Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd and I are talking about a way to get around how damn hard it is to put your inner heart into your art. Not just putting your likes and dislikes onto the page, not just your paper ephemera, and not just what you did that day (although all of those are great). We’re discussing V’s favourite technique for telling your story without it being draining.

Cause we all have issues. We all have a story that has led us to the point we’re at. We’re all still on a journey. It may be beautiful, it may be painful, it probably is raw. Art is very good at helping unload that weight. But it’s not necessarily easy to do.

We wanted to talk about the creative process of making an online class, but in true Vanessa fashion, we ended up talking about so much more than that.

I’m glad you could join us.

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Bonus: The Ringmaster

Bonus: The Ringmaster

Finishing#gmseasonoffinishingHere's a start to finish process of the Ringmaster art journal spread, and a great example of including yourself in your journal. Action Steps...

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Finishing with the Unfinished

Finishing with the Unfinished

Finishing#gmseasonoffinishingLet's finish our journal spreads with unfinished things. I know I have a lot of sketchbooks and journals of pages I didn't finish, forgot about, or...

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Envelope Pocket Journal

Envelope Pocket Journal

Finishing#gmseasonoffinishingLet's set ourselves up to finish strong this year. I'll be showing you how to create and easy envelop pocket journal that can be accommodated into...

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Choose Your Companion

Choose Your Companion

Free Lesson - Choose Your CompanionThe Inner Heroine class is all about documenting a journey that we have undertaken and that has allowed us to grow. In telling our story through the lens of a heroine embarking on a grand adventure, we can be free of self-censorship...

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Meet Katerina

Meet Katerina

Spark#gmseasonofsparkMy name is Kay or Katerina or just Milk, which comes from my instagram handle: MercurialMilk! I discovered Art Journaling in 2015 after...

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Spark Prompts + Sidekick

Spark Prompts + Sidekick

Spark#gmseasonofsparkDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season....

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